Pak criticizes suspension of trade by India on baseless grounds

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Islamabad: Pakistan has claimed that India suspended trade relations with the country citing baseless accusations and the action was unilaterally taken.

It urged the Indian government to “resolve differences through constructive engagement”.

A Pakistan Foreign Ministry statement said India took the action based on groundless accusations and the mechanism is being used for smuggling, narcotics, fake currency and terrorism.

Pakistan called for Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) saying “In our view, there are better ways of dealing with issues relating to implementation, if any, than resorting to unilateral suspension of important CBMs.

The MHA had said in a statement that this action was taken as the Government of India received reports that the cross LoC trade routes were being misused by Pakistan-based elements for funneling illegal weapons, narcotics, and fake currency.

Investigations have further revealed that some individuals, who have crossed over to Pakistan, and joined militant organisations have opened trading firms in Pakistan.

These trading firms are under the control of militant organisations and are engaged in LoC trade.

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